How can a face be both greasy and dry? Surely, one’s sebaceous glands could learn to work in tandem and produce a consistent, even layer of oil. Not enough to make your face look like it could butter a slab of toast, but enough that you don’t walk around all day with flakes of dead skin congregating around your peeling nostrils like a bunch of renegade boogers.
Most people experience a greasy T-zone. My face does not know the alphabet. It is basically illiterate. My oily patches form more of a W. A big-ass W. Keep in mind that I hit puberty over thirty years ago. I should be enjoying that point of life between having a teenage bumpy face and developing a visage that looks like well-worn leather. The years between zits and wrinkles that most people get to enjoy. I should not be clinging to a complexion that looks like I’ve been bobbing for apples in a vat of vasoline.
Should I believe those supposed altruistic celebrities that swear by ProActive or should I listen to the old lady at church that recommends a face full of mayo? On the one hand, ProActive’s endorsers get paid to compliment it. And, on the other hand, the old lady at church has skin like an over-microwaved pea.
I know. An oily face will keep me looking young. But I am tire of pimples. Blind people keep mistaking my face for braille.
But enough about me.
1. Did you know that a stye is basically a zit in the eye? Ack. Again, I must ask–what the heck is up with sebaceous glands? Does anyone really need grease in their eyes? Well, here is an interesting stye fact. Another word far a “stye in the inner corner of the eye” is an AEGILOPS. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Aegilops is also the longest English word with its letters in alphabetical order. I just bet your life wasn’t complete without knowing that little fact. It is also a type of goatgrass, but who really cares about that?
I guess he does.
2. Some people suffer from really over-active oil glands. I worry about their pillows. No seriously. Would you want to absorb some greasy person’s face juice all night long? I wondered if anyone has constructed a pillow with oily sleepers in mind. It turns out that they have.
And I found this baby at http://jenniferandjonny.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/48/#comment-20…for the person who has simply given up.
3. Okay, so this video is not for the faint at heart or weak of stomach. I have to admit, that I found it simultaneously vomit-inducing and mesmerizing–like watching Gordon Ramsay clean out a mould-infested refrigerator on Kitchen Nightmares. This is a dermatologist extracting a rare, but enormous form of blackhead. Remember, I said ENORMOUS. These massive pustules were likely the inspiration for the ostrich pillow found above.
Suddenly, my oily W-zone doesn’t bother me so much anymore.
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